One of the activities that The Boy and I like doing the most is cooking. A few months ago we were sent a box of one of the best cereals on this planet: Rice Krispies.
Mr. TheBoyandMe was incredibly amused when he found out we'd been sent a box of the snap, crackle and pop stuff, but he was of course more than happy to chow down on the delictable puffs of rice and what we did with them.
Snow Mountain Krispie Cakes
We mixed them together with golden syrup, white chocolate and melted marshmallows, then sprayed them with silver spray and finally drizzled melted white chocolate all over. Absolutely scrummilicious!
And they were gorgeous!
Now, did you know that the cereal that's been providing countless children and adults with a cheerful breakfast since 1928 is getting a little makeover? As with most other Kellogg's cereals vitamin D is being added to them. I can hear two questions whirring through your brains right at this point in time: 'why?' and 'surely we get that from sunlight?'
Vitamin D can be derived in our bodies from sunlight. However, as we all know, children aren't playing outside in the sunlight as much as they used to, and of course when they do they slather on the sunscreen to protect themselves from skin cancer. And without vitamin D? Well that would be why there has been an increase in Rickets. It's a little bit of a catch 22 situation isn't it?
Rickets. That disease that we all thought had died out in the 1930s, is on the increase again due to deficiencies in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency impairs the absorption of dietary calcium and phosphorus, which increase the chance of bone deformities in children, and bone pain and tenderness as a result of osteomalacia in adults. And that is why, by the end of 2012, the marvellous folk at Kellogg's are adding vitamin D to most of their cereals, particularly those aimed at children.
As we come up to the warmer (ha!) months with (theoretically) more sunshine, we need to be more aware of the need to ensure we are keeping ourselves safe from the harmful sun rays and getting enough vitamin D. As we are pale and pasty in this household, and burn too easily, I'm going to be supplementing our diets to ensure we're getting enough of this important vitamin throughout the year. The most fun way for us?
Baking with Rice Krispies and I'm going to be adapting some of these recipes:
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